UK Surrogacy Laws in the 21st Century – An Overview

Although surrogacy arrangements are common in the UK, they are not enforceable; it is therefore difficult if things go wrong. The laws on surrogacy are set out in the Surrogacy Arrangements Act 1985 and the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008. The arrangement of surrogacy is a process which involves a woman (the surrogate) carrying a child for a couple (the commissioning parents). There are two types of surrogacy arrangement and it is important that any agreement be entered into prior to…

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Marriage and Civil Partnerships -v- Cohabitation – How do they differ in relation to the parties’ finances upon the breakdown of their relationship?

When parties enter a marriage or civil partnership they voluntarily decide to form a union; they intentionally enter a contract with the knowledge that it gives rise to obligations. Parties who enter a cohabiting relationship enter no such contract or voluntary union. Cohabitation is viewed quite differently to marriage, particularly in the eyes of the law. The phrase “common law marriage” is a very big misconception and does not exist regardless of how long a couple have been together. Upon breakdown of…

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Are You Being Denied Access To Your Child?

When parents separate, it is not uncommon for a dispute to arise over living and contact arrangements. Parents will be encouraged to deal with the issues between themselves for example with the assistance of a Mediator or through Lawyer negotiations. If, however one parent is actively denying the other parent reasonable contact, as a last resort, it is possible to make an application to Court under the Children Act 1989. The type of order that is required to deal with…

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Modernising the Modern

Prior to the introduction of the Gender Recognition Act 2004 the law in relation to transgendered people was antiquated with case law dating back to 1970. In 2002 the cases of I v United Kingdom and Goodwin v United Kingdom placed pressure on the Government stating that the European Convention on Human Rights was in contravention of Article 8 (right to respect for private and family life) Article 12 (right to marry) and Article 14 (protection from discrimination). Some 11…

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Misogyny – A new hate crime?

Hate crimes are not acceptable in any way shape or form. There are some however that fall under the radar due to current legislation. Lead by Theresa May, some Ministers are now calling for law reform in this area. Government advisers stated yesterday that misogyny should become a hate crime. The proposal would see sex or gender become a ‘protected characteristic’. There are 9 protected characteristics covered by the Equality Act 2010. They include age, disability, race and religion. Hate…

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Working from home – to be or not to be?

The Covid-19 crisis saw nearly half of Britain’s 30 million employees working from home. In addition 9 million people were placed on the furlough scheme. From 1 August the Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s return to work message to England and Wales was clear. Despite this, Wales have recently set a target of 30% of workers to remain working at home on a regular basis. The Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford is seeking “changes to Wales' working culture”. This comes following…

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A Pay Cut for Working From Home?

We saw a great debate recently on Jeremy Vine’s Channel 5 Show. The line-up included Charlie Mullins the owner of Pimlico Plumbers along with Jemma Forte as guest presenter. One of the hot topics was should people working from home receive a pay cut? The stats provided on the show tell us on average 2/3 of people surveyed have saved £820 in the last 6 months. To quote Charlie “people working from home should be paid less. They are less…

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